How do you see yourself?

ImageI spoke with someone tonight that has made a complete 180-degree turn in his life! From taking tranquilizers and anti-anxiety drugs, blood pressure medication and all the stuff “old people” take, to starting a whole new life free from the entrapments of the “old”! What happened? They took a chance on a change of scene, a new mindset and voila, realized they were really HAPPY for the first time in a very long time! We can’t fool ourselves into being something we’re not, our physical body will tell the tale! Today I read something that made me remember the book, from literature, and the very old movie, The Portrait of Dorian Gray. If you know of it, you know the very handsome young man sold his soul to keep his physical beauty for eternity with all the horrible deeds, cruelties and sins, he was guilty of, showing only upon the face of the portrait that had been painted of himself. The end of the movie shows us a man, when upon seeing the painting, becoming so overcome with disgust at seeing what he had become, taking a knife, destroying the painting and, ultimately, himself. There was a movie. Shallow Hal, which shows us how a young and very shallow man only sees people for how they appear on the outside. He has an encounter that makes him see people as they are on the inside and the results, to me, were, not only, entertaining, but also insightful. I then wondered about our perception of each other, you of me, you of you, me of myself, and wished I could see into each of those with clarity. You see a doctor in a white coat, in an office setting, and you trust him to care for you, but what if you had seen him first out in a bar, sleeveless shirt, drink in one hand, acting a little wild and crazy, would you still trust him to care for your heart? We see each other dressed nicely sitting in church, a hand raised in, what we think is, praise and worship and don’t see the witch-craft lurking behind the person’s countenance, or we see the person digging in the ditch, covered with dirt looking really rough but with the heart of a saint. Point, we never knows from the outward appearance what the inside of a person really looks like. There is make-up, plastic surgery, all kinds of nips, tucks and tricks that can make us look better on the outside, however 1 Samuel 16:7 God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” Things like how a nose is shaped, the color of our skin, the weight of our body, all make a vast difference in how we see ourselves and, sadly, the way others view us, but we know that there is One, the Creator, the very God that made us, knows us, and loves us, and, to Him, we are perfect just the way we are. But, we can’t fool Him with our make-up and fancy trappings, Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.” Psalm 139:13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!  I worship in adoration what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit-by-bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Look in the mirror and see the creation of God and love it. If you can’t love yourself, you leave very little room for anyone else to do so. Point, “How about your heart, is it right with God? That’s the thing that counts today”. Be HAPPY and Be blessed!

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